The Sunday Spin, Episode 5: “A New Hope”
Dude Ranch by Blink 182
After a brief hiatus while on PICU (the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit), I am back in action! I hope everyone had a wonderful winter break, regardless of your denomination or holiday of choice.
Working at a private children’s hospital, the presence (and presents) of Christmas were certainly felt throughout the wards. Being on PICU, I totally lucked out this holiday season… In exchange for working a 28 hour call on Christmas day, I got a 4 day ultra-platinum weekend – New Year’s Eve weekend!!!
For those who haven’t experienced call in the hospital quite yet, allow me to introduce you to your future weekends. Unlike our brilliant friends, who decided to go into careers with the traditional work week (“the ol’ 9-5”), and enjoy their weekends. Instead, those of us who chose medicine unknowingly surrendered our right to a normal weekend long before we even realized what was happening… Thus, a universal system was devised to describe what kind of weekend is approaching.
Black Weekend=No days off, named for its dismal semblance to the Dark Ages.
Partial Weekend=One day off, at least you get a chance to do laundry.
Golden Weekend=Saturday and Sunday off!!! Basically, a normal weekend…
Platinum Weekend=Three days off, albeit rare, these three day weekends often occur during elective rotations when outpatient clinics close for holidays.
And finally, the mother of all weekends, the pearl to my oyster, the frosting to my cake, the mac-daddy of all mac-daddys, the beloved ULTRA-PLATINUM WEEKEND!
As you can probably guess, the ultra-platinum weekend is like the elusive Mewtwo, but less fictitious – a three day weekend during a major holiday! … I have been living this mini-vacation to its fullest extent, driving long distances and ringing in the New Year by falling asleep at 2200…
I enjoy a party as much as the next twenty-something year old, but I like my sleep a smidge more… It’s like my Mama always says “life is like a…” no wait, “Nothing good ever happens after 10 o’ clock.” Although I don’t know how true that is. I fondly remember many a night of 2 am shenanigans during college and even more-so during medical school, but alas I am getting older and with my chosen profession, I have learned to claim my sleep whenever I can.
In light of a new year, I would like to take a moment and reflect upon the tragedy that was 2016. Most recently, we mourned the loss of Carrie Fisher, our beloved Princess and every prepubescent male Star Wars fan’s first crush. I mean, come on, that outfit from Tatooine was more skin than I had seen at the beach! But, looking back at Return of the Jedi now, I recognize how blatantly chauvinistic the movie was for Leia Organa to be enslaved by the revolting bloband forced to dance wearing erotic clothing. Very few characters in the Star Wars franchise have been sexualized the way Carrie Fisher was. But, at the same time, she was portrayed as a strong independent women, harboring rebel secrets, enduring imprisonment by the Empire, and saving cute little teddy bears on Endor.
My apologies for nerding out back there… But, I am sad to see the loss of Carrie Fisher. Similarly, we tragically lost David Bowie, Gene Wilder, George Michael, Harper Lee, George Martin, Miss Cleo, Prince, R2-D2, and Admiral Ackbar. 2016 was certainly a loss for music, movies, and the fortune telling industry.
I want to believe that 2017 is going to be a better year, but the horizons already look bleak given the political climate in both the United States and the World. But, lets not get into such somber and serious topics – this is the Sunday Spin after all! Therefore, I have chosen an amusing album for this week’s spin, which provides a nod to Miss Fisher and sets an optimistic tone for the year to come.
Who better to ring in 2017 than the raunchy, childish punk rock band from Poway, California: Blink 182. Blinks’ second album, Dude Ranch, was a landmark album for the band and the final album for drummer Scott Raynor, prior to being replaced by Travis Barker (coming from the Aquabats). With the release of “Dammit,” a catchy, fast-paced single, Blink 182 was invited to join the Second Season of Van’s Warped Tour in 1996, which provided mainstream exposure for the band.
Other singles selected from the album include “Apple Shampoo,” “ Josie,” and “D*#% Lips,” which was later renamed “Rich Lips.” As mentioned earlier, “New Hope,” is a track about Mark Hoppus’ hopeless on Princess Leia.
I also really enjoy “Voyeur,” which tells of a pathetic young man sitting in a tree, hoping to catch a glimpse of a girl changing; but instead gets an eyeful of her father… Pretty juvenile, I know. Lastly, I found the inner fold of the album entertaining, as it was designed as a throwback to Bruce Springsteen’s Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. and designed to look like an old time-y postcard.
With that, Happy New Year! Let’s hope for good things to come…